a reply to: Bedlam
I don't think that was the initial plan that Erick had in mind... I mean I could be wrong...they coulda planned it all out from the beginning as some
big conspiracy to have a deniable army buuuuuttt... The story is just to real for that to be true.
Erick prince has now released a book entailing his life and careers. Take it with a grain of salt as its wrote by Erick about Erick pretty much soo
I'm always a bit skeptical of those books buuuuut the historical timeline isn't in question.
I musta missed the part about Erick prince workin for bush sr. But it basically goes that Erick noticed when in the navy seals he was getting flown
all over the country to train at all these various shoot houses and long distance ranges and defensive driving courses and class rooms and
whatever.... It was eating up all his stateside time getting taken all over the country for training. He thought "why don't we have all this at one
spot near our home base?"
Well when he got out blackwater was born. As mentioned mr prince comes from a background of fiscal responsibility and it was a pretty easy endeavor to
get going. The name comes from the muck they found all over the land they bought in Moyock North Carolina. The logo comes from the black bears they
bumped into while scouting on one of the first trips out there.
Not long after things got going they were little more then a fancy shooting range with a few big name instructors. They had a few very unique target
designs that were requested by law enforcement and shooting ranges for themselves and they started the target manufacturing line that blackwater puts
out (unsure if it's still around) but before too long things picked up. After getting through the hiccups that all small(relative) businesses go
through they started making more money then they knew what to do with(a speck compared to future earnings) so they expanded!
I forget the exact moment they went from a training facility to a contractor but it wasn't long after they got going. Not to try to paint ole mr
prince to highly of a light but he's pretty cool lol.. Right after he first got there his troops and the dignitaries they were there to protect
didn't have armored vehicles and they were running into some #. The armored vehicles they owned were jumping through hoops in their way to Iraq
legally but that takes forever so in the meantime Erick went to Europe somewhere and bought some old surplus European armored vehicles to keep
everyone protected in the mean time..
Another time the polish ambassador was in the poo bad.. He was toast.. His guys were all blown to hell they were trapped in a house they took over
where their convoy got hit... They weren't gonna make it.. Very much an overwhelming force.. Well the military guys for whatever reason couldn't get
their helicopters down close enough cause of buildings and wires and there was all these problems getting a QRF(quick reaction force) mobilized... A
chunk of the blackwater guys heard what was going on over the radio and wanted to help but their was one issue... Blackwaters choppers and men were
not contracted for this mission specifically or as the QRF so their insurance did not cover them if they were to come to the embasadors rescue.. Might
piss off your boss if you crash a million dollar helicopter when your not supposed to be out with it ya know... Well witha quick phone call to Erick
prince the on scene commander spelled it out and before he could get it all out prince simply said "go, go now" and what do ya know... Them
blackwater boys showed up just in time and saved the polish ambassador and his men(I don't recall exactly the casualties they took) I never heard
this story til I got his book... Damn cnn lol.
There's several other incedents where blackwater was awesome.. Even outside the ME into Africa. For the most part they are awesome.. Now just like
the post office.. Someone's gonna mess it up for everyone at the company(going postal still means going nuts lol) and a few bad actors did find their
way into the blackwater ranks, but for the most part it was a pretty stand up company.
And the VAST majority of blackwaters contracts and contractors had nothing to do with pulling triggers. We're talking maids and cooks and IT guys and
all the infrastructure that comes a long with trigger pullers too.
One major contractor vs civilian tragedy that always gets blamed on blackwater wasn't even them too, I can't remember now but it was a big one that
was all over the news.. Funny thing about blackwaters contracts... No matter what the news says or a politician say OR ANYONE SAYS ONLINE about
blackwater they aren't allowed to talk about ANYTHING. Blackwater has this weird(or I thought so) gag order on them that keeps them from even being
able to defend themselves from slander. I'm not saying they didn't do anything bad ever.. I'm just saying one of the majorly reported incedents had
nothing to do with them and they couldn't say word one to reputiate that.
All in all I reckon the worlds got a bum view of blackwater and I think Erick prince started the company for just reasons but in the end maybe the
politicians saw them as a possible whipping boy.